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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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B. F. RHODEHAMEL, manufacturer, Tippecanoe; one of the enterprising and well-established business men of Tippecanoe; was born near Sydney, Shelby Co., Ohio, in 1843, and is the son of Jacob and Julia R., the former of Pennsylvania and the latter of Dayton, Ohio. Jacob was a farmer by occupation, and came to this State when a young man; his death occurred about twenty-seven years ago, and that of his devoted wife, August, 1878. They had a family of four sons and four daughters, all growing up to maturity; one son and two daughters have died; the son died in the service of late civil war; was a member of the 57th O. V. I. Our subject was the youngest son, and was reared and schooled in his native county; followed farming till 18 years old, when he came to this county, locating in Piqua, where he embarked in the wholesale notion business. This he continued with gratifying results for fifteen years, and then moved to Tippecanoe, where he has since been engaged in the manufacture of linseed oil and flour. With his brother he holds the largest stock interest in the “Grape Sugar Co.,” lately organized in Tippecanoe. Mr. R. is a successful and reliable business man, and has the confidence and esteem of the public. He is a. Republican in politics, a member of’ the Masonic Order, Royal Arcanum and M. E. Church. He was married, June 11, 1873, to Angie, daughter of Dr. Harrison, of Covington, Ohio.

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This family biography is one of 964 biographies included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Miami County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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